The story of Roots and its broadcasting has always been controversial. When the first series debuted in the seventies, it was hailed as a masterpiece by most, but many people found it to be infuriating, insulting, and demeaning. Well, the remake of one of the greatest stories ever brought to television is debuting tonight and is being met with a little adversity from a surprising source–OG rapper, Snoop Dogg!
Snoop took to Instagram posting a video that called for a boycott of Roots, stating the following:
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“12 Years a Slave, Roots, Underground… I can’t watch none of that shit,” he says. “They’re going to just keep beating that shit in our heads how they did us, huh? I don’t understand America. They just want to keep showing the abuse we took hundreds and hundreds of years ago. But guess what? We’re taking the same abuse. Think about that part.”
We can understand where Snoop is coming from, but this is the story that begin the legacy for so many black actors and actresses. It is important we move forward to the future, but we cannot forget our past. Slavery and the struggle are as much apart of the African-American experience as any of our accomplishments. We respect Snoop, but this remake deserves a chance. After all, no one complains when they remake a Ben Hur, Spider-Man, or Batman movie! #CutItOut Be sure you catch Roots 9 PM EST only on History Channel.